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Title of the Project
Encouraging students to study German and Russian
Brief description
Vuorikatu primary school in Lahti has successfully encouraged to choose German and Russian as their first foreign language for many years. The school has actively informed children and parents about different language opportunitites by giving various type
Target Language
German, Other
School Education
Further Information



Supporting the studies of Russian as a A1 language in the comprehensive school has been seen important. At the meetings with the Russian partner school the pupils have been able to use the Russian language in real situations.The same approach has been used in German language studies.


The main objective of the project is to support language learners in German and Russian studies as A1 languages in the comprehensive school. It aims at giving help for language use in every day communication situations and in presentations, as well as enforcing the positive attitudes towards language learning and the use of languages.


Cooperation with the Finnish - Russian association and with the parents' associations/ meetings. Evaluation of the project was carried out by common meetings with the teachers from different countries and during the parents' meetings and discussions with them.


A Finnish-Russian pictionary of the organism neighboroughing us. Both projects are still ongoing (year 2012). The coordinators of these projects are still taking part into competitions, and one of the pupils of the participating schools of the project won an international prize in the competition related to the theme of forests and organised by Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Why the European Language Label?

The theme and the results of the project were considered important and relevant, and the head master of the school of Vuorikatu applied for the label.

Activities following the award of the European Language Label

There was an article in the local newspaper. The Finnish National Board of Education informed also about the receivers' of the European Language Label.

Assessment of the Impact of the European Language Label

The Language Label strenghtened the feeling that the project team is doing the right things. The Russian and German teachers of our schools have been involved in various development projects related to language teaching, as well as the head master of the Harju school. There have been regular language learning groups after the project, except the Russian group for the term 2012-2013.


Consistency with European Policies in the field of Language Learning

1.Comprehensive approach. Every element of the language initiative should ensure that the needs of the students are identified and met.
2.Added value. Initiatives should provide a tangible improvement in the teaching and learning of languages in their national context.
3. Motivation enhancement. Initiatives should motivate the students and teachers to improve their language skills

Consistency with European, National and yearly priorities

Variety of languages to be learnt.



The school has a long and solid experience of encouriging students to choose German or Russian as foreign language to be studied. It has informed actively about the possibilities of language choice, e.g. information events, handouts, and in other pupils's events. The school takes actively part in different networks and is active in international cooperation with Germany and Russia.

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21 December 2014

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